Police investigating the suspicious death of Alan Jeal are focusing on CCTV footage to trace his last movements on Monday 24 February, the day before his body was found on Perranporth Beach.
Detectives have released a map and a series of CCTV images showing a man, believed to be Alan, in Truro city centre that evening.
It is believed that Alan got the number 594 bus from Wadebridge to the Lemon Quay area of Truro, arriving at the bus station at 6.14pm. He was seen walking towards the public toilets at The Leats, and was last seen at 6.36pm in Boscawen Street.
Officers are trying to find out where the 64-year-old from Wadebridge went after that, and how he got to Perranporth.
A neighbour of the man whose body was found on a Cornish beach nearly 2 weeks ago has told ITV West Country she was shocked when she heard of his death. Alan Jeal from Wadebridge was found by a dog walker on the beach at Perranporth.
Police believe he may have been murdered after a post mortem revealed suspicious wounds. Emma Harris, who was a neighbour of Mr Jeal says "he was a sweet, kind man who kept himself to himself".
Police today said the CCTV footage of a man who may have been murdered was taken the day before his body was found on a beach in Perranporth.
Alan Jeal from Wadebridge was discovered by a dog walker on February 25th. At a news conference today the police said Mr Jeal lived alone in a flat.They are appealing for the public to help them trace his last movements.
Police have identified the man who was found on Perranporth Beach on Tuesday 25 February as a result of the public appeal. Following formal identification on Wednesday 5 March, the man can now be named as Alan Eric Jeal, 64, from Wadebridge. His next of kin have been informed.
Family members rang police giving Alan’s name after seeing the artist’s impression. The investigation is now focusing on Alan’s movements on the days before his body was found. A CCTV image has been released showing his last known sighting on Monday 24 February, shortly after midday, in Wadebridge.
" Firstly, our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends at this upsetting time and we will do everything we can to support them.
He was last seen on Monday 24 February, the day before his body was discovered, and I would welcome information from anyone who knew Alan, or who saw him in the days leading up to his death.” Police have released a series of photographs of items which were found on the beach. The Regatta jacket, wallet and photograph, which were found on Wednesday 26 February, are believed to be Alan’s.
It is not known whether the rucksack and woolly hat, found nearby on the same day that the body was found, are linked to him.
Police investigating the possible murder of a man found washed up on a Cornish beach have released an artist’s impression of the man they are trying to identify.
The man's body was discovered last Tuesday on Perranporth beach by a dog walker.
He is described as white, aged 50-70, of thin build, 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins, with white receding hair which was bald on top, and a thick white bushy beard.
DCI Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “We believe the artist’s impression is a true likeness of the man we are trying to identify.
“As you can see from the image he has some distinctive features including a bushy white beard and white receding hair.
“It’s been a week since his body was found on Perranporth Beach and his identity is still a mystery.
“By releasing this image we are hoping that someone will recognise him and come forward with his name, allowing us to progress with the investigation and bring us a step closer to finding out what has happened to him.
“He is someone’s brother, father, uncle or friend and someone somewhere will be missing him.”
Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 381 of 1 March.